Heritage: January 2003 Archives

January 9, 2003

Church and State

An interesting opinion piece appeares in the Eagle Herald, a local publication based in Wisconsin and Michigan, concerning a debate between Christians and Asatruar over a pubically-funded nativity scene. Michael D. Brant argues that it is completely unconstitional to force any citizen to fund the promotion of another religion and looks at the reason the US exists in the first place, and why the separation of church and state is the first amendment.

The majority leads to my next point. I'm shocked by Mr. Carpio's conclusion, Christianity is the majority religion in this country. Get over it! Majority religion is why so many people fled the oppressive state-run religion to our county, and hence the Constitution's very first amendment. Mr. Carpio also makes references to the founding fathers' religious intents, yet in order to guarantee an atmosphere of absolute religious liberty, this country's founders mandated the strict separation of church and state. The Constitution makes no reference to God or religion, except for its protection and separation.

He goes on to argue against popular beliefs concerning the origins of certain God-related statements on money and in the Pledge - they were nothing to do with the Founding Fathers, but were added in the paranoid 1950s. Public nativity scenes unconstitutional - Eagle Herald, 8th January 2003.

January 6, 2003

Call the Time Team

A group of 'Knights Templar' plan to use advanced geophysical surveying techniques to find the Holy Grail. They hope to find a vault somewhere in the vicintiy of Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian. The chapel itself is a fascinating building, full of intricate carvings including depictions of sweetcorn dating from before Columbus set foot in the Americas. But John Ritchie, Grand Herald and spokesman for the Knights Templar, sees a deeper symbolism:

There is a whole series of stuff on each section of the chapel, which relates to a different period of time, Mr Ritchie added. We have to go back to the 15th century and read it with a medieval eye to understand what it all means. All these symbols relate to events in history. It is a book created in stone, which brings in all the apostolic religion, laid over by an astrological form which tracks the seasons, and the plants in the seasons. Both the Freemasons and the Knights Templar claim the ornate stonemasonry of the church is a secret code which, if broken, will reveal the whereabouts of treasures.

Knights Templar to use latest imaging in search for Grail - The Independent, 6th January 2003.

Jesus was a hippy.

A study of scripture published this month claims that Jesus healed the sick by using cannabis. The anointing oil used by Jesus and his disciples contained an ingredient called kaneh-bosem which has since been identified as cannabis extract, according to an article by Chris Bennett in the drugs magazine, High Times, entitled Was Jesus a Stoner? The incense used by Jesus in ceremonies also contained a cannabis extract, suggests Mr Bennett, who quotes scholars to back his claims.

The use of cannabis-based anointing oils in ancient Judaism is already well established. Jesus 'healed using cannabis' - The Guardian, 6th January 2003.

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